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Seed Swap & Scion Exchange
Sunday, March 29, 2015
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
FREE, no registration required

For gardeners and orchardists, it's the most wonderful flea market in the world. Not only that – most of the best stuff is free! MOFGA, the Maine Tree Crop Alliance, and Fedco will once again host the Seed Swap and Scionwood Exchange at MOFGA’s Common Ground Exhibition Hall in Unity. Please bring any seeds, scionwood or cuttings you have to share freely with others. In recent years we have given away scionwood from well over 200 fruit varieties. These contributions make the day a success. We'll supply labels, tape and markers, and we’ll be selling T-shirts, books, grafting supplies and rootstock. Admission is free. More details.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Hearings Soon on Bills Affecting Massachusetts Food and Farming
NOFA-Mass - 5/25/2013.
By Jack Kittredge NOFA/Mass Policy Director - There will be 2 public hearings in June at which will be considered bills related to the future of food and farming in Massachusetts. NOFA/Mass has identified 8 of these bills as priorities and urges all members who are concerned about any of these issues to attend and testify or to send testimony. Details of the hearings and the bills to be considered at each are below.
Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food
The New York Times - 5/25/2013.
Op-Ed by Jo Robinson - If we want to get maximum health benefits from fruits and vegetables, we must choose the right varieties. Studies published within the past 15 years show that much of our produce is relatively low in phytonutrients, which are the compounds with the potential to reduce the risk of four of our modern scourges: cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia.
9-Year-Old Challenges Fast Food Giant CEO
Common Dreams - 5/25/2013.
By Andrea Germanos - Stop tricking kids into eating your food all the time, a 9-year-old girl told Don Thompson, McDonald's Corp. CEO, at the company's annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. At the corporate headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, Ill., Hannah Robertson of Kelowna, British Columbia challenged the company's marketing practices, noting how it uses toys and cartoon characters.
Mount Desert Island elementary school wins national honor for healthy food program
Bangor Daily News - 5/25/2013.
By Bill Trotter - On Friday, Mount Desert Elementary School was honored as being the only school among the 600 or so public schools in Maine to win a Gold of Distinction designation from U.S. Department of Agriculture for the quality of its school food program.
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March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

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March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

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